Meet the Adare Bear

Adare Manor is now home to the largest figurative bronze sculpture ever made in Ireland. The sculpture of a Bear, standing at four metres tall, was produced by renowned Irish artist Patrick O’Reilly, and now resides on the grounds of Adare Manor for our guests to enjoy.

The Bear sculpture titled ‘In Search of Lost Time’ shows the Bear marching forward. From childhood days, one of our first memory is that of a teddy bear, which personifies companionship, trust and innocence. The Adare Bear represents our lives with an air of optimism, as we all march on taking on the wonders of life.

Patrick O’Reilly, who produced the four meter high sculpture of the Bear, said: “The Bear allows viewers to revisit the essence of their past, leading to flashbacks and recollections of preceding times.  That significant memory involves events long past with happy and joyous nostalgia but with an awareness that live moves on”. 

Now all we need to do is give him a name. Any suggestions?


  1. Maureen Sweeney on April 2, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Valentine after Viscount of adare

  2. Jo Peevers on April 7, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Artio named after the Bear goddess venerated by the Celts – Adare Artio – If the bear is Femail


    Artaois named after the Bear God . Adare Artaois – If the bear is Male.

  3. Debbie Greene on May 30, 2018 at 2:39 am

    Danny O’Hart — Danny Boy and Grandson of the Bear ❤

  4. Catherine English on June 1, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    I think ‘Stitch’ is quite fitting for this bear………………

  5. Sinéad O'Dwyer on June 9, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Name for the Bear=Why not call him Dara the Bear (derived from the Irish translation of Adare, which is Ath Dara)?
    He looks as if he is heading for the Teddy Bears picnic in the Woods.

  6. Sheryin Lobo on June 19, 2018 at 4:41 am

    beautiful sculpture! how about naming bear Abear ( Adare)?

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